May 23, 2011

Hide a Roller Shade

There is a roller shade mounted inside the window of my son's bedroom... the roller shade is not exactly what I'd call stylish.... would you?

Window

But this?  Yes, a little more stylish (the green part...)...

Board/Window

I added a fabric-covered-board to hide the roller shade.  We need the shade to keep the room dark at night, but I want to be able to roll it up and not have to look at it during the day.  So, I cut a wooden board to fit inside the window, then covered the board with the curtain fabric, Lexington Olive.

This is the board I purchased from a home improvement store... it only needed a minor trim on one end to fit inside the window...

Board/Window

Once the board was cut to size, I cut a piece of the curtain fabric to cover the board.... about one inch longer than each side of the board.

Board/Window 

Then I turned the fabric right-side down and placed the board on top of the fabric, folded over one edge and stapled the fabric to the board.  I started stapling in the middle and worked toward the ends...

Board/Window

Board/Window

Board/Window

Then I stapled the opposite side, pulling tight as I moved from the middle to the ends...

Board/Window

Next, I folded over the corners (just like wrapping a present), pulled it tight and stapled again...

Board/Window

The fabric is now stapled all around the board!!!  If you're working on this project and you turn the board over and the fabric is gaped or not wrapped tight enough, no big deal.... turn the board over again, pull out a few staples and staple again).....

Board/Window

Since this board is going to be mounted inside the window (side of the house for me), I wanted to make the back look pretty from the outside (and so my HOA wouldn't drive by and see a board hanging from the window.... I'd probably get fined).  So on to the next step...

I cut a piece of white fabric a half inch longer on all sides than the board...

Fabric Board

I could have glued the white fabric to the board, but I decided to staple it with my staple gun (feels more secure to me).  I wanted the staples to blend in with the fabric, so I went outside and spray-painted them white...

Fabric Board

Fabric Board

Fabric Board

After the paint was dry, I took them inside and began stapling.  I placed the white fabric on the back of the board and folded a half inch of fabric under on all sides as I moved along to staple each corner.

Fabric Board

Fabric Board

Fabric Board

Once all the corners were stapled, I went back and stapled along all the edges... the backside of the board eventually looked like this...

Fabric Board

And the white staples blend in, for the most part...

Fabric Board

I turned the board over and it looked like this...


Board/Window

Then I mounted the board inside the window frame using L brackets...

Board/Window

Much better, much more stylish.  The roller shade is still there.... just hiding!

And this is what is looks like from the outside window... that's the roller shade and the fabric-covered-board....

Fabric Board

Pretty good... all white so there shouldn't by any fines coming my way :).

Linking up to Tip Junkie and Hope Studios.

1 comment:

  1. This is brilliant. Thanks for the great idea!

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